How to Leave All Your Accounts to Someone Else When You Die

Here's a sobering thought: You're not going to be around forever. So who gets all those emails, photos and rocking tunes you've been amassing over the course of your life? Here's how to prepare pass on your digital estate to your next of kin on all the major platforms before you shuffle off this mortal coil. » 2/23/15 10:46am 2/23/15 10:46am

Short film: The Grim Reaper can be bad at his job too

I like this cute short film from animation studio Simpals called 'Dji. Death fails' because it shows how the Grim Reaper can be bad at his job too. Death, he's just like us! The Grim Reaper thinks he has easy pickings when a driver careens off the road but ends with death escaping, well, death. » 12/23/14 9:09pm 12/23/14 9:09pm

Video: All 212,470 on-screen deaths in the Lord of the Rings trilogy

It's been over a decade since the Lord of the Rings trilogy wrapped up and we're still totaling the body count. After all those sweeping battles and that epically long journey, Digg Video tallied up the death toll and it's an insane 212,470. I guess those movies were pretty long, right? » 12/10/14 7:02pm 12/10/14 7:02pm

This Kid Just Died [VIDEO]: Grief Porn Enters the Facebook Era

Right now, in a place you've never visited, a person you'll never know is dying. If he's dying in a particularly devastating way—and, more importantly, if he is leaving behind shareable content—it is possible that millions of strangers will mourn his or her death tomorrow. Why? » 11/21/14 3:20pm 11/21/14 3:20pm

Ask a Mortician Anything

Death becomes us all, yet most of us have little idea what happens to our bodies before and after a funeral. It doesn't have to be that way. You have questions about death, and mortician Caitlin Doughty is here with answers. » 11/06/14 2:00pm 11/06/14 2:00pm

The dark alphabet of things that can kill you from A to Z

It's hard to keep track of what could kill you these days but if you really want to know, it's basically everything. College Humor created this dark comedy animation bit where the Grim Reaper waxes poetic on all the things that can kill a person from A to Z. It's a reminder to not avoid life when living. » 9/08/14 11:49pm 9/08/14 11:49pm

Every death scene from Quentin Tarantino's movies

Few people make killing people look as entertainingly graphic and creatively brutal as Quentin Tarantino does in his movies. All of his films, from Reservoir Dogs to Django, are notorious for violent deaths that sometimes number in the hundreds. Watch them all in this supercut by Jaume R. Lloret. » 8/18/14 10:01pm 8/18/14 10:01pm

Should Your Family Get Access To Your Online Accounts When You Die?

It's a question that will eventually—hopefully not soon!—confront you, me, and every other person reading this: Should our loved ones gain access to our digital lives, from email to Instagram to financial accounts, after we die? A cadre of state-appointed lawyers are creating a bill that would allow for just that. » 7/16/14 12:56pm 7/16/14 12:56pm

All 169 Game of Thrones season 4 deaths in one bloody supercut

People are constantly getting murdered on Game of Thrones. The whole show is just people trying to kill each other. Here's every on-screen death in season 4. It's bloody disturbing. Warning: Spoilers (DUH) » 6/20/14 10:03pm 6/20/14 10:03pm

Causes of death across all age groups in the United States

Here's a fascinating look at the different causes of death across all age groups in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is data from 2010—the latest compilation. There's many more interesting graphics. » 5/23/14 6:43pm 5/23/14 6:43pm

Meet the world's luckiest unluckiest man who cheated death 7 times

The story of Frane Selak is so unbelievable that you'd walk away from a movie, heck, a documentary of his life thinking it was too unrealistic. But it's not. It's a true story. Selak cheated death seven times. He survived a train crashing into a frozen river, a plane crash by getting sucked out of the door, a bus… » 5/01/14 11:19pm 5/01/14 11:19pm

Your Decaying Corpse Becomes a Factory of Toxic Chemicals After You Die

What happens after we die? Spiritually, who knows. Physically? Your body becomes a festering production line, spewing out more than 400 nasty compounds that would be toxic to your body if you weren't already dead, as Scientific American explains in this unsettlingly cheery animation. » 4/09/14 10:20am 4/09/14 10:20am

Here's each of the 5,179 on-screen deaths in Game of Thrones

The best way to catch up with Game of Thrones before Season 4 starts? By watching this amazing supercut of every single on-screen death in the series so far. Made by Digg Video, it's a bloody gore-y mix of swords, spears, arrows, bare hands, etc. ripping apart flesh and ending human life. There's a total of 5,179… » 4/04/14 7:59pm 4/04/14 7:59pm

The Woods Around Chernobyl Aren't Decaying

Like a landscape of the undead, the woods outside Chernobyl are having trouble decomposing. The catastrophic meltdown and ensuing radiation blast of April 1986 has had long-term effects on the very soil and ground cover of the forested region, essentially leaving the dead trees and leaf litter unable to decompose. The… » 3/17/14 12:12pm 3/17/14 12:12pm

NASA-Backed Study Says Humanity Is Pretty Much Screwed (Updated)

Hope you've enjoyed civilized life, folks. Because a new study sponsored by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center says the world's industrial societies are poised to collapse under the weight of their own unsustainable appetites for resources. There goes the weekend . . . and everything after it for the rest of our lives. » 3/15/14 7:00pm 3/15/14 7:00pm

You, Too, Can Be Mummified in Utah

While reading Sarah Murray's excellent book, Making An Exit—a global travelogue that explores rituals of dying around the world—I learned that you can actually be mummified by a private company in Utah. They're called Summum, they're based in Salt Lake City, and their process is patented. It involves rubber. » 2/16/14 5:15pm 2/16/14 5:15pm

Will Smallpox Reemerge in Siberia as Corpses Thaw from Climate Change?

In an article primarily about the potential folly of holding onto stockpiles of smallpox virus for research purposes—a now-eradicated plague that humans no longer have natural immunity to and that would very likely cause a worldwide catastrophe should it escape from the lab—the BBC includes one awesomely horrible… » 2/03/14 3:10pm 2/03/14 3:10pm

New bullet expands itself into four connected parts to kill better

It may seem impossible at this point, but humans keep enhancing their ability to kill others using guns. Example: the new Advanced Ballistics Concepts' new Mi-Bullet, a projectile that expands into four connected parts as soon as it's fired. The mechanism—shown in the video—is very clever, making it very hard to miss… » 1/07/14 5:37am 1/07/14 5:37am

How Corpses Helped Shape the London Underground

As Mexico City archaeologists sort through the surreal array of Aztec sacrificial skulls recently uncovered while excavating their city's subway system, it's worth remembering that parts of the London Underground were also tunneled, blasted, picked, and drilled through a labyrinth of plague pits and cemeteries. » 1/02/14 7:00pm 1/02/14 7:00pm

Six Feet Over: The Future of Skyscraper Cemeteries

This month in Oslo, an architecture student named Martin McSherry presented a controversial idea to a gathering of cemetery and funeral professionals. The topic? His design for a "vertical cemetery" that could, in theory, solve Norway's growing graveyard conundrum. » 12/12/13 10:40am 12/12/13 10:40am